The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is launching a new three-year Corporate Strategy and annual Business Plan aimed at increasing player protections by enhancing its control over UK operators. Commissioners are keen on making certain that licensed operators are paying special attention to compliance issues and are very supportive of the Gambling Act Review.
Among the main components of the sprawling three-year plan are initiatives aimed at, “protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling; a fairer market and more informed consumers; keeping crime out of gambling; optimizing returns to good causes from the National Lottery; and improving gambling regulation.” Commissioners are also keen on making certain that life in the time of COVID does not turn into a nationwide problem gambling crisis.
Among those players the UKGC sees as being most vulnerable are the players who shouldn’t be playing in the first place, children. This was listed as their top priority and there’s no question that licensed operators will feel additional scrutiny in this area no matter how tightly they’re adhering to the regulations.
UKGC chair Bill Moyes commented on the plan on the plan saying, “”Our new three-year strategy maintains the ambition of our previous strategy and goes further in considering how best we can use our current resources.”
“We launch the new Strategy and our Business Plan, which details our milestones during what is going to be a hugely important year for compliance and consumer protection as the country starts to move out of lockdown after a challenging 12 months,” he added.